A comprehensive introduction to the medieval languages and texts that inspired Tolkien's Middle-earth. Using key episodes in The Silmarillion , The Hobbit , and The Lord of the Rings , medieval texts are presented in their original language with translations. Essential for those who wish to delve deeper into the background to Tolkien's mythology.
Dr Stuart Lee is a member of the English Faculty at Oxford University, UK, where he teaches Old English, the poetry of World War one, and the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien. He is also a member of Merton College. He has published articles on Tolkien and edited A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien (2014). Dr Elizabeth Solopova is Research Fellow at the English Faculty, Oxford University, UK, where she teaches Old and Middle English literature. She has published articles and books on Tolkien, medieval literature, manuscripts and the history of the English language.
How to Use This Book Introduction 1. Background 2. Medieval Literature 3. Thematic and Technical Parallels 4. The Editions 5. The Texts Bibliography Index